Thoughts On School Dress Codes

Thoughts On School Dress Codes

Good or bad?

Dress codes: they're infamous throughout schools across the country. Some people praise them, and some people hate them. I want to share my thoughts on the matter. I'll begin by saying I attended a public school from kindergarten to twelfth grade. We were not required to wear school uniforms, but we definitely had a dress code that was enforced. There are always three main arguments about dress codes: they limit freedom of expression, are sexist, and they take away from getting a good education.

When students are forced to wear school uniforms, this is when you hear the most outcry about their individuality being crushed. Administrators can argue all day that school uniforms are wonderful for a variety of reasons, but in the end, uniforms further ingrain the idea into students' heads that they are just a part of a sea of people. They don't stand out. They're no more than a name on a roster sheet on the teacher's desk. This lack of individuality from a young age teaches students that all they're meant to do is "fit in."

Even when schools don't have uniforms, they often have dress codes that limit a student's individuality. Some schools won't let you dye your hair an "unnatural" color. Some schools won't let you wear ripped jeans or shirts with "questionable" sayings on them. All these rules, and more, are enforced under the pretense that the administration is preparing you to dress respectably in the real world.

There's no question about it; dress codes are sexist. The majority of the rules are directly for women. Skirts have to be a certain length, not showing too much of your shoulders, not showing your stomach, no cleavage, etc. The only rule that I ever saw be a problem for men is no cutoff shirts so that you can see the whole side of your body and no chains on your pants. It's ridiculous that women are told they have to cover up because it's "distracting" to others, namely the men in the school, whether it be their peers or teachers. There is no reason a girl shouldn't be allowed to wear a tank top when it is 90 degrees out!

Think about when you're out walking around town or the mall or even going grocery shopping. You see girls with short shorts and tank tops on. You see ripped jeans and cleavage. Does this distract you from functioning? If it does, you're the problem, not these women who are dressing how they want to and in what is comfortable for the weather.

The thing I think is the funniest is how in college, there's usually not a dress code. Any student can wear whatever he or she pleases, as long as it follows basic common sense, for example, guys can't come to class without a shirt on. As crazy as it seems, I don't think anyone feels uncomfortable with how their peers dress and it doesn't distract from the learning environment. We are free to be ourselves, and we are functional members of society, adults, your next leaders. We aren't trying to wear bikinis to class or anything ridiculous like that. When you take away the restrictions, students don't act out. We are forced to look in the mirror in the morning and decide for ourselves if the outfit we have on is acceptable.

Having a strict dress code doesn't help students learn better. If anything it makes students extremely self conscious and worried about if their outfit is "acceptable" in the eyes of the administration. When students are pulled out of class and forced to change or even go home for the rest of the day, that is doing to exact opposite. That is preventing them from learning. It is much more worthwhile to worry about the quality of the education students are receiving than to worry about if a girl's skirt is a centimeter too short.

Overall, I think K-12 schools should follow the lead of most of the colleges across the country and get rid of dress codes. There will still be parents there who will most likely buy their kid's clothes and regulate what they leave the house in. Colleges don't even have that, and there aren't many issues that ever arise about a student's choice of apparel. Start focusing on what is important: education.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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20 Thoughts Every Tomboy Has While Attempting To Do Her Makeup

"I don't have a Kabuki brush!"


When I was growing up, I never wanted to play with Barbie Dolls or put on makeup. From sunup to sundown I was outside playing or at a sports practice. Instead of enrolling in dance and learning perfect pirouettes (I learned that word from Dance Moms) and how to get my hair into the perfect bun, I chose karate where we yelled and broke boards with our fists.

So when it came to high school when most of the other girls began getting into clothes and makeup, it comes as no surprise that I had no clue what to do. Here are 20 thoughts that every tomboy has had while attempting to do her makeup:

1. "Ugh, I have to wear makeup tonight."

2.  "I'll just look at one of those makeup tutorials on YouTube and will look good in no time."

3. *While searching on YouTube* "I don't understand why you'd want to put this stuff all over your face."

4. *Still searching on YouTube* "When you wear lipstick, you have to worry about how you're eating so you don't smear it all around."

5. "Aha! The perfect look."

6. *Reading description of video* "I'll need primer, setting spray, highlighter, bronzer, loose and pressed shadows, a shadow base, pigments, eyeliner, lipstick, brow gel, a crease brush, a flat shader brush, a smudge brush, concealer, setting powder, blush..."

7. *Looks at my grocery store mascara, broken Elf eyebrow gel and one half-melted tube of sample lipstick I got at the mall*  "Well we might have a problem."

8. "I can make this work."

9.  "This cannot be that hard."

10. "Ok this isn't working."

11. "This mascara expired last year."

12. "Do I really have to wear makeup tonight?"

13. "I mean the natural look is in right now."

14. "I can fix this, I'll just mix some water into the mascara to get the clumps out."

15. "Well that didn't help. Ok, so we're down to broken Elf eyebrow gel and sample lipstick I got at the mall."

16. *Tries to apply lipstick, but it crumbles as you press it against your lips* "Ok, so no lipstick."

17. "I have 5 more minutes to get ready, what do I do now?"

18. "I'm not wearing any makeup, they'll get what they get."

19. "Wait, I have to do something with my hair? Maybe I can find a braiding tutorial on YouTube!"

20. "It cannot be that hard, I'll be done in 5 minutes."

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